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concerns about iranian arms reaching hezbollah in lebanon rather than an attempt to weaken president assad. but the attacks also raised the prospect of american air strikes. last week, evidence mounted to suggest the syrian regime used chemical weapons. president obama previously said that using such weapons would be a red line for the united states. until now, the president has opposed arming the rebels or intervening militarily. joining me is dexter filkins of the "new yorker." his latest report from syria appears in this week's issue. also joined by gary samore of harvard's kennedy school. until february of this year he was the president's special advisor on weapons of mass destruction, counterterrorism and arms control. i'm pleased to have both of them here. let me talk about dexter's piece in a moment. we now have the israeli bombing. where are we in terms of what the syrians might do, what's the next turn of the wheel? >> i think in terms of a military response i don't think it's in assad's interest to take on the israelis right now. so my guess is he will try to make as much politic
by the assad regime, as many of our colleagues have noted, including senator feinstein, the chairman of the intelligence committee, president obama's red line on syria has been crossed. instead of act, the obama administration has called for additional evidence to be collected by u.n. investigators, who have not yet set foot in syria. and probably never will. in the absence of more robust action, it will not be longe longbottom until a-- it will not be long until assad uses chemical weapons again. by drawing a red line on chemical weapons, the president actually gave the assad regime a green light to use every other weapon in his arsenal with impunity. more than 70,000 syrians have been killed indiscriminately, with snipers, artillery, fighter jets and even ballistic missiles. according to a recent human rights watch report, more than 3,300 civilians have been killed by assad's airstrikes alone since july 2012. at the same time iran and hezbollah is bill ago front. according to estimates that have been published in the media some believe there were no more than a few hundred fighters
because we have not. there's mounting evidence that chemical weapons have been used by the assad regime, as many of our colleagues have noted, including senator feinstein, the chairman of the intelligence committee, president obama's red line on syria has been crossed. instead of act, the obama administration has called for additional evidence to be collected by u.n. investigators, who have not yet set foot in syria. and probably never will. in the absence of more robust action, it will not be longe longbottom until a-- it will not be long until assad uses chemical weapons again. by drawing a red line on chemical weapons, the president actually gave the assad regime a green light to use every other weapon in his arsenal with impunity. more than 70,000 syrians have been killed indiscriminately, with snipers, artillery, fighter jets and even ballistic missiles. according to a recent human rights watch report, more than 3,300 civilians have been killed by assad's airstrikes alone since july 2012. at the same time iran and hezbollah is bill ago front. according to estimates that have been p
assad, but to stop weapons transfers to hezbollah. >> the israelis justifiably have to guard against the transfer of defense weaponry. >> the president needs to make it clear what we will do. >> the red line that the president of the united states written was apparently written in disappearing ink. >> i think a decision by the president is imminent. >> the israelis have to be vigilant. they have to be concerned. we will continue to coordinate with israel. >>> good afternoon. it is a busy monday and we're watching several unfolding stories this hour. in boston one of the three friends accused of lying to the boston bombing investigators out on $100,000 bond. prosecutors have agreed to release robel phillipos to his mother's custody but must wear an ankle monitor. >>> the nra wrapped up its annual convention, full of sound and fury, signaling its intractable opposition to any gun safety reforms. but vice president joe biden is keeping up the pressure. right now hosting a white house meeting with faith leaders on the issue. more on that story coming up, too. >>> but we begin with flashp
ally of the syrian leader, bashar al-assad. >> this follows talks with u.s. president barack obama at the white house and came just days after hammering met with russian president vladimir putin to discuss solutions -- after cameron met with russian president vladimir putin to discuss solutions. >> 80,000 dead, 5 million people forced from their homes -- syria's history is being written in the blood of her people, and it is happening on our watch. the world urgently needs to come together to bring the killing to an end. none of us have any interest in seeing more lives lost, in seeing chemical weapons used, or extremist violence spreading even further. so, we welcome president putin's efforts -- agreements to join in efforts to reach a political solution. we have an urgent window of opportunity before the worst fears are realized. there is no more urgent international task than this. >> that was david cameron speaking a short while ago. that go live to our washington correspondent for more. -- let's go live to our washington correspondent for more. president obama is under pressure
syria was -- it's next to iraq -- there was one potential assad regime atrocity we in the united states deemd noteworthy: chemical weapons. >> a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around, that's a red line for us. and that there would be enormous consequences. >> jon: big-time consequences. you can come up to the line. your bombing, your mortar shells. your general machine gunning. your cluster bombs. you cross that line, mister, you are grounded. guess what. >> the u.s. intelligence community assesses with some degree of varying confidence that the syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in syria. >> jon: you done [bleep] now. you have crossed the red line. and by the way, where is defense secretary chuck hagel? whose blazer is he borrowing? and why does he keep looking down? can we see what that guy is looking at... oh, he's ordering. oh, i didn't... ( cheers and applause ). i didn't realize. more importantly now that we know that the red line has been crossed and the red line has been crossed, what next? >> we still have some
we need to be focused on in my opinion is what the country is going to be post assad. all of our activities need to be moving in that direction. and what we don't need to do is let little events along the way presip difficultly just sort of change our direction. this is a strategy we need to go in. we need to keep our eyes on that. we need to be to kountion post assad. >> rose: we conclude this evening with richard wagner's ring cycle at the metropolitan opera. joining me -- >> i think as every composer writing an important opera because he start thinking now i'm writing something crucial, something very important. to put a mirror for us to see ourselves. and all great operas and generally all great artworks are a mirror for us. what do we see in them which we can understand ourselves. and the ring is important because it's about politics. it's about love. it's about power. it's about relationships between family members. >> rose: senator bob corker and looking at the ring cycle next. >> funding for charlie rose was provided by the following captioning sponsored by rose communica
in lebanon. the attacks thrust israel smack in the middle of syria's civil war, putting pressure on the assad government and maybe pressure on the obama administration to intervene in syria, as well. we've got it all covered for you tonight. our chief correspondent richard engel is across the border in turkey. richard, good evening. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. israel hasn't acknowledged the raid in damascus, but u.s. officials say it was the israelis and they're not denying it. war makes for some pretty strange bedfellows. many syrian rebels welcomed the attack, even if it was from a most unlikely source. an israeli air strike against their common enemy, president bashar al assad's regime. 2:00 a.m. in damascus, an activist filmed the attack in secret saying god is great as the israeli bombs fell. more than a dozen targets were hit, shock waves felt a cross the city. a syrian rebel in damascus told us by skype, even though the raid was from israel, syria's decades-old foe it lifted the opposition's spirit. syrian state tv quickly blamed israel for the attack close to assa
that president bashar al assad step down before any further negotiations. syria announced tuesday that a to co-host a peace conference with the aim of bringing together rebel groups and the assad government. >> there was no mention of the newly proposed peace conference when president bashar al assad appeared on syrian state television with one of his few remaining allies, the iranian foreign minister. the reiterated tehran's's support for the regime in damascus and told supporters that iran would continue to help syria and its people, who he said had so bravely defended themselves against attacks. on tuesday, syria's other main ally, russia, consulted with assad's most vocal opponent, the united states. u.s. secretary of state john kerry was in moscow to try to find common ground on syria with russian leaders, and indeed, the u.s. and russia did manage to agree on a joint diplomatic initiative. they want to get all sides together for talks to find a political solution to the pcrisis. the idea has been well received, including by germany. >> we are convinced that president assad has lost its l
discussing it, it just opens the door for assad to simply say israel just attacked us. let me declare war on israel. which is going to make him a hero to a lot of people who hate him right now. there used to be a time in this world if you bombed another country that you weren't at war with and the amazing thing assad is saying this could be a declaration of war. there was a time when you bombed another country it was a declaration of war. of course syria could consider this a declaration of war and they could strike back and then it would be actual. >> cenk: we're in a really interesting situation. i gets what israel is saying. they're taking the weapons going through syria and we're going to bomb them. the united states bombs countries that they're not at war with, pakistan, yemen etc. but on the other hand, is the new rule if we're powerful we get to bomb you and that's a sad day for you? >> i guess i'll take that one. eric seems so eager to do it. but you know, i think truthfully israel, right or wrong, looks at syria, lebanon, and all of these other countries as one country. they don'
news syrian army headquarters were also attacked. assad's crack fourth division, the revolutionary guard. [ speaking in a foreign language ] a blatant act of aggression, said syria. self-defense, said the white house. >> the israelis justifiably have to guard against the transfer of advanced weaponry to terrorist organizations like hezbollah. >> reporter: israel was on alert today, deploying anti-missile batteries and tanks near the syrian and lebanese borders. is israel trying to topple assad? it says no. it only wants to stop hezbollah from getting more weapons. but it is becoming difficult to know where the assad regime ends and hezbollah begins. last summer in syria, we traveled with rebels who attacked a government base. they discovered hezbollah flags and other paraphernalia, proof they said that hezbollah and syria were working together. [ speaking in a foreign language ] now they are even closer and hezbollah says it won't let assad fall. a reminder that the war is now a regional conflict. the syrian government allied with hezbollah and iran. all shiites opposed by the rebe
carney said the u.s. supported israel's option to attack the assad regime. >> john: the transfer of sophisticateed weapons to terrorist organizations like hezbollah is certainly a concern and threat to israel and they have a right to act in response to those concerns. >> but with the reports mounting of sarin nerve gas attacks on syrian silverns, senators menendez announced they could arm the syrian rebels. and it was suggested on sunday that the u.s. could army some of the rebel groups fighting assad. >> we needs a game changing action. no boots on the ground. establish a safe zone, protect it and supply weapons to the right people in syria who are fighting for obviously the things we believe in. >> the idea of getting weapons in, if we know the right people to get them, my guess is we'll give them to them. >> meanwhile an official with the united nations commission of inquiry on syria suggested that while it was likely nerve gas had been used the assad regime might not have been responsible. karla del pont told reporters and i quote. there are strong concrete suspicions but not
chemical weapons on the ground there. is it the assad regime? is it the rebels? or is anyone doing it at all? even the u.n. says it's not sure. >>> and it took two weeks for a relative to claim his body. well, now the challenge is finding a place to bury boston bombing suspect tamerlan tar november. a city manager says not here. we'll have the latest today for one of the surviving suspect's friends. >>> a factory collapse in bangladesh. the death toll continues to climb. remember when it hit 400? it's now at 657. those involved in what is now definitely a recovery project say they don't know how many more bodies remain inside. the building housing five garment factories, also a bank and other businesses, collapsed a week ago. the government says it is ready to enact a series of labor reforms. >>> the headline of course is out of syria today. we've got conflicting reports over whether or not the rebels are the ones who use sarin gas. you've got u.n. officials saying earlier this morning there is evidence they did. then you have the u.n. backtracking that statement, saying the findin
-585-3881. for independents, 202-585-3882. back inerviewed assad 2011. you were the last western journalists to do so? guest: barbara walters did it, but the last american newspaper reporter. host: what was significant about that? arab springe the broke out, there had been a move , asrds rapprochement secretary carry discussed in the senate, he was very active. i think that a sought wanted to reach out to the united states at that time, to one of the big newspapers, positioning themselves as being willing to reconcile with the u.s., possibly restart peace talks with israel. assad always liked to tell this line that he was a close ally of iran, but at the same time they were not natural allies. it was an interesting interview. i think a lot of people did not believe that it was all just bluster. he does have a reputation of telling people what they want to hear when he sees them, but he is an interesting character. he speaks good english, he has what lived in the west, although not for long. there was a hope that when he took over that he would be more of a soft line, more willing to move his country away fr
the president said if chemical weapons were approved for use bit assad forces he may look at a range of options. >> there are some options we might not consider otherwise that we would strongly consider. chris: now he says only if it's proven that the assad forces themselves used them and 9 international community has to accept that fact before we move and even then he's going to just consider options. sounds like he's still cautious. >> the translation is he's very cautious. realizing it's very easy to get in and extremely difficult to get out and realizing that many of those calling for military action in syria, many of them don't have -- have sons or grandsons who would be called to go to syria. we can't commit militarily every place in the world and he said we're not under, if by his rules we're not under imminent attack and we're not immediately threatened, that's the threshold. i think that's the threshold the american people degree with and i'll be very surprised if he moves off that. of course there is the argument that he could do the so-called no-fly zone and special areas for refugee
officials have already raised suspicions about assad's regime having orchestrated the attacks. the prime minister was more cautious. >> the provinces on the syrian border. that makes it a sensitive situation. these actions may have been a target it provocation. provocation. >> it was hardly a coincidence as diplomatic efforts have intensified. >> let's cross over to the symbol where we are on the line. we have had a few more officials, all fingers seem to be pointing to syria. >> it does seem to be the turkish deputy prime minister is probably the most outspoken. he pointed out that the town of reyhanli is home to many refugees. this bears the hallmark of syrian forces belonging to assad. this is a sentiment that many people in the country feel that it is connected with the syrian conflict. the town is only a few kilometers through the border. many are feeling that the assad intelligence could be behind it. >> should we expect a military response from turkey? forcesey has shelved when syrian artillery cross into the border. other than that it has seen as extremely unlikely that they were
of them say they're planning for a democratic syria without president assad. president obama and david cameron say they'll do what they can to strengthen opposition groups. obama hosted cameron at the white house. they discussed a proposed peace conference on syria. obama said it's essential to bring representatives of assad's government and opposition forces to the negotiation table. >> together we're going to continue our efforts to pressure on the assad regime, to strengthen the moderate opposition and to prepare for a democratic syria without assad. >> russian leaders have long provided support for their allies in syria. cameron traveled last week to visit with president putin. john kerry held separate talks in moscow with russian foreign minister. they agreed to set up talks between the government and the opposition by the end of the month. but u.s. state department officials say the conference is unlikely to take place until at least next month. twice already looks set to do so again. sharif served as prime minister in the 1990s, he's expected to return to power after his party w
vladimir putin, assad's last western ally. >>> call to arms, 70,000 turn out for the nra's annual meeting in texas this weekend, even trying to capitalize on the boston bombings. >> how many bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago, lying in wait right now is a terrorist, a deranged school shooter, a kidnapper. a rapist. a murderer. waiting and planning and plotting. >>> in boston, a bail hearing is held today for the 19-year-old classmate charged with lying about how they trashed the evidence. >>> and the debate over where to bury the body of tamerlan tsarnaev continues. listen closely to the funeral director. >> we have to bury this guy, whatever it is, whoever he is, this country, we bury people. we can't separate sins from sinners, i can't pick and choose. >>> and the bruins -- jeff bowman who lost both of his legs in the bombing served as banner captain before game two against the maple leafs. >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington, israel's weekend air strikes against syria is raising fears that the two-year syrian conflict could spread across the region. nbc news
in terms of whether or not they were trying to take out assad but more that they were trying to stop those weapons from getting to hezbollah. is the israeli government formally confirming that now? >> reporter: they've never said a word officially. although some news agencies are quoting israeli officials saying yes, they did it. they attacked two syrian targets twice in three days. so now israel is ready for any syrian retaliation, as you said, they're on top alert. no one is expecting any attacks from syria. the israeli commander in the north in fact said that israel is not in any kind of state of war. doesn't expect war with syria of but they are ready. they've moved two iron dome batteries. up to two northern towns. in case of retaliation, they don't expect it. >> explain to all of us, we know that jordan's king abdullah had meetings here over a week ago with the vice president and the president. however, as we understand it, israel is trying to say that they weren't trying to take out or do anything against bashar al assad to have him removed although the king would say he is looking
taken place in syria was done by the assad regime. and that remains our position. >> the only thing about the syrian civil war that is clear right now is that it is escalating. the potential for spillover gets higher, and the pressure for this country to join in as the war spreads is building. regardless of what the consequences of intervention might actually be. joining me at the table, ayman mohyeldin, rula jabril. great to have you all here. dexter, let me begin with you. phenomenal piece of reporting, your reporting has been really excellent out of the region. what is going through the white house's conversations as they watch israel undertake these two strikes this weekend, which there had been one previously in january, so this is not exactly completely new, but it does look like an escalation and the syrian response has been escalated. what are those conversations in the white house like? >> well, just the israeli strikes, in a way they're not about syria as much as they are about lebanon, about hezbollah, the big arm group which sits on the israeli border. syria is the trans
al assad. supplying his government with weapons, fuel, supplies and financial services, and refusing to consider sanctions. alongside china, russia has vetoed three u.n. security council resolutions, condemning assad's brutal crackdown and it opposes any military intervention, including arming the rebels. secretary kerry aims to change that calculation. according to the "washington post," kerry will attempt to persuade russian president vladimir putin to support or at least not veto a fresh effort to impose u.n. penalties on syria if assad doesn't begin political transition talks with the opposition. officials say the u.s. is prepared to act with or without kremlin support. needless to say, it would be much easier if russia was cooperative. in any ordinary year, russia and america have trained relations, decades after the cold war, debates over human rights, sovereignty and democracy stim persist. this year presents a whole new set of challenges for an already-rocky relationship. joining me today, former dnc communications director and msnbc host, karen phinney. deputy mayor of new y
the latest. >> as the regime of syrian president bashar assad showed off what it claims to be the damage from more israeli air strikes and talk of a wider war started bubbling in the middle east, white house officials seemed to double down on president obama's red line comment. declaring he did not ad-lib last august by suggesting there may be u.s. military action if assad uses chemical weapons on his own people. >> the president's use of the term red line was deliberate and based on u.s. policy. it was consistent with what we were saying both to the assad regime and others privately. >> that runs counter to a "new york times" report sunday quoting officials inside the administration declaring they were surprised by the president's unscripted comments may box them in now that there is evidence used in syria. leaving john mccain to charge the conflicting signals from the white house are straining its credibility around the world. >> the conflict is spilling over into lebanon and jordan. the whole situation is becoming more and more expansive and unfortunately, the red line that the president o
and get assad out of power. bill: meanwhile the administration is still trying to verify reports that syria may have used chemical weapons against its own people earlier this year. martha: republican senator john mccain says that the israeli airstrikes are putting pressure on the u.s. administration to stick by the so-called red line that the issued on syria. here he is on "fox news sunday.". >> the whole thing is escalating. as you may have noticed the leader of hezbollah committed to helping bashar assad, the, conflict is spilling over into lebanon and jordan. the whole situation is becoming more and more expansive and unfortunately the red line that the president of the united states had written was apparently written in disappearing ink. martha: senator mccain has been a strong proponent of giving u.s. weapons to the syrian rebels. bill: in a volatile part of the world has gotten more of that over the weekend too, martha. here is the region. specifically, syria, lebanon, israel for the focus of this particular segment. advance it one time. this is what we believe based on the
that the two-year civil war could broaden into a wider regional conflict. the assad serb she warned the attack opens the door to all the options, he says. on sunday, air strikes hit base of the elite republican guard as well as depots which store iranian-made precision guided missiles and a military research center that u.s. officials believe to be syria's main chemical weapons facility. now you israel, of course, does not confirm the attack officially but they are not disputing it either. they have repeatedly threatened to intervene in syria to stop the transfer of what it calls game-changing weapons to hezbollah this is their issue here. of course, hezbollah is the militant group that operates just over israel's northern border in lebanon. iran wand sunday that israeli attack does is a destabilize the region while syria's opposition struggled to respond. criticizing israel for the timing of the attacks which they say drew attention away from a massacre in a sunni town on the syrian coast. president himself designed to comment directly on israel's air strikes but said he spores israel's right
: the israelis have insisted they are not taking sides in the syrian civil war, but the regime of president assad condemned the latest attacks. >> the israeli invaders committed a blatant act of aggression against syria. the syrian military has the right and responsibility to protect its country and people from any form of infringement either at home or abroad. >> brown: iran joined in, warning that israel is, quote, playing with fire. a syrian opposition group also criticized the israelis. >> this aggression is an aggression against all syrian people with all its forces. we call on the international community to prevent the israeli enemy from using the internal situation in syria to accomplish its goals. >> brown: there were no new air strikes today. prime minister benjamin netanyahu traveled to china for an official visit. even as beijing called for restraint. >> we think the current situation in the region is complicated and sensitive. china has attached great importance to it. we oppose the use of military force and believe any country's sovereignty should be respected. >> brown: the weekend
it in a different way. i have been vocal in supporting the syrian opposition in saying assad has to go. he is not legitimate. i continue to say that. president putin has taken a different view. it is in our interest at the end of this there is a democratic syria, that there is a stable neighborhood and that we do not encourage the growth of violent extremism. i think the russian president and myself can see that the current trajectory of how things going is not in anybody's interest. there is is a major diplomatic effort which we are all together leaving. the parties to the table to bring a transition at the top so we can make the change the country needs. theith respect to relationship between the u.k. eu, we have a special relationship with the united kingdom. capacitye that our with the united kingdom that is robust, out are looking and engage with the world is hugely important to our own interests as well as the world. the u.k.'s participation is an six itits role in the world. ultimately the people of the u.k. have to make decisions for themselves. that you probably want to see if you
believes it is highly likely president assad's regime is behind any chemical weapons use. starts ourdall coverage. >> there are an increasingly disparate array of rubble groups in syria. firefights like this one, in aleppo, are part of everyday life. now, a senior un official says testimony gathered from vic ends by her human rights team suggests that some rebel groups may also have got hold of and used sarah and nerve gas. thatwas a bit stupefied the best indication we got about the use of nerve gas by the opposition. haser investigating team not been allowed inside syria. their evidence is gathered ,econdhand from victims doctors, and crowded refugee camps across the border, where so many have fled. this afternoon, the un stressed the latest findings are not conclusive. there is no proof yet that chemical weapons have been used by either side. but pictures of victims clearly in distress suggests there may have been instances were chemical agents have been used. one attack, it is alleged, took part in a section of aleppo inhabited by syrian kurds. the leader of the main opposition party
of settlement remains pretty unlikely. >> we would like to have political settlement. but assad has prevented it. when kofi annan's plan was aborted, all the other initiatives emptied of meaning. leading tossad is this quagmire of blood, not the sire -- not the syrian people. the syrian people are suffering. that the meeting with bashar al-assad, that means bashar al-assad will solidify his position and will stay and remain for another period, at least. >> at least two people have been killed in northern iraq after three suicide bombings in the area of care cook -- of kirkuk. dozens of people were also injured in those attacks. this is southeastern turkey, fighting between turkish -- kurdish rebel supporters and the police. kurdish rebel group, the pkk, have strong support there. the pullout is part of a deal that was reached with the turkish government after decades of fighting. the kurdistan workers party, founded in six years later, it began an armed rebellion against turkey in a conflict that killed more than 40,000 people. two weeks ago, the leader of the pkk announced they would be
minister david cameron says information is growing that in syria of the assad government has used and continues to use chemical weapons. the u.s. says they will give $100 million in humanitarian aid, but for some officials that is not enough. democratic senator fernandez it rebels,ing to arm the and he has introduced a bill to do just that. thank you for joining me. what is it you want the u.s. to do? states tothe united be able to arm the syrian those who wend believe share our values and who poised to be able to be armed, because unless we are willing to spend five -- to stand by, to see the potential of a failed state where it could become a safe haven for terrorists. toalready have hezbollah name a few. the king was here in washington. we have a discussion with him as the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee talking about the rate at which refugees were coming into the country, the ability to sustain that. the possibility the population would double, so all of these are at stake. unless you could change that, to give the rebels of fighting chance to change the dy
of the use of chemical weapons by the assad regime. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel made his way back inside syria to investigate what is going on there. he is safely out again and joins us live tonight from just over the syrian border in turkey. richard, good evening. >> good evening, brian. the use of chemical weapons has been seen as a trip wire for deeper u.s. involvement. but the syrian rebels are having a tough time proving it. rebels bring us into syria. laid waste by more than two years of war and constant brutality. we're taken to a headquarters bombed just days earlier to discuss allegations of chemical weapons. but the rebels want to talk about a massacre last week. hundreds dead, they claim -- butchered by assad's forces. children and women are massacred daily. hundreds. aren't these war crimes, too, asks abu mohamed, a brigade commander. rebels say syrians die while world leaders nitpick claims of chemical weapons and rub their chins over what to do with assad, still in power, meeting today with iran's foreign minister as if nothing was wrong. a young activist sh
at the border of lebanon. forces loyal to bashar al-assad now also control the highway between damascus, homs, and artus, -- tartus, which gives them access to the mediterranean sea. in aleppo, the government forces took control of its southern part. our correspondent joins me now. she has been covering the syrian war for us. what do you make, from what you've seen and what you know i'm a of the government tactics now? they seem to have changed somewhat. >> absolutely. i think the government changed its tactics three weeks ago, a month now from a defensive position to an offensive. they are going all out in several fronts, mainly central syria. from our we understand sources, the government is mainly in control of that town. it had artie been in control of the villages around it. -- had already been in control of the villages around it. the government is waging this war by proxy. hezbollah later admitted that it was hezbollah fighters who were carrying out that war in the villages. it is more of a gorilla -- guerrilla tactic. they are leaving it to these hezbollah fighters who know more of th
on the coast in syria. bigia and iran are the backers of the assad regime. moscowave gone to mas appeared his trying to get the buy in and ease him out. key player that can decide whether the family goes are not. >> we saw an announcement that he plans an international conference to meet with the russians. where does this stand? analysis and in moscow last week. the details are still sketchy. there was an agreement called the geneva accord which is supposed to be the base of a transition away from this government and to bring in a transition. the russians and the americans still have a lot of differences. the russians believe that assad has a sizable support. we want tore saying transition with assad in not being a part. there are still decisions in that part and an uncertainty about what role they should play. .> how does secretary car manage this? >> it is interesting. senate was headed the foreign relations committee he had a very personal dialogue with the sauce. he would come around the united states. key has been vested in this issue for a while. he is very much talking about a diplomat
and abroad. dexter filkins reports in "the new yorker" that assad continues a crackdown on his own people. quoting holladay, a former officer, who says assad has been extremely calculating, increasing the levels of rhymens gradually so as not to sell off alarm bells. first artillery, then bombing, then scuds. aiers he wasn't killing 100 people a day. he's introducing chemical weapons gradually, so we get used to him are them. dexter, thank you. i've been quoting bits and pieces of your story all week. it's good to have you here. that quote about the calculated escalation on the part of assad brings to mind that famous quote from the holocaust, first they came for then, then they came for them -- i don't want to draw too many parallels, but tell us about the mind of assad soinchts i think first of all, he's a member of a minority, 14% of the population, so he is -- he has no incentive, and no expectation that he could ever make a deal. i think he's going to fight to the end. whether that means he ends up hanging from a lightpost in the middle of damascus, or he launches, god forbid, a larg
syrian president bashar al assad and a representative from the rebel group to attend even as president obama remains cautious about getting involved in the conflict. >> understandably there is a desire for easy answers. that's not the situation there. i'm making decisions not based on a hope and a prayer but on hard headed analysis in terms of what will actually make us safer and stabilize the region. >> i want to bring in an independent. >> how are you this morning? >> you probably know senator corker said it is probably not long before we are arming the opposition. what do you think the next step is? >> i think the news from yesterday between cjohn kerry ad the russian minister is the best news in a long time. there is a civil war and a civil war in waiting once assad goes. and the real danger is there are a variety of opposition groups, some of whom are prodemocracy and secular and some are the folks that we don't want to be in control oft that country and in control of the chemical weapons. i am very hopeful about this international conference. on the other hand i think we have to
being sent to the syrian opposition who are fighting president bashar al-assad's forces. >>> syrian information minister rejected the allegation saying that no one has the right to wrongly accuse the syrian government. tension is rising between the two nations with turkey criticizing assad's government for the alleged use of chemical weapons. the latest car bombings are raising tensions even further. >>> and that wraps up this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. thanks for joining us.
the last american newspaper reporter to interview president assad back in 2011. the national press club ordered -- lauded >> david cameron is in the u.s. this week. that is next >> are our series continues with to focus on lucy hayes, wife of rutherford b. hayes. live coverage begins in an hour at 9 eastern. president obama was asked about last year's been gauzy attacks on the u.s. consulate and about the targeting of conservative political groups. from the east room of the white house, this news conference with british prime minister is 30 minutes. >> good morning, everybody. can we please have a seat? i hope you had a wonderful mother's day. it's always a great pleasure to welcome my friend and partner, prime minister david cameron. michelle and i have wonderful memories of from when he visited us last year. there was a lot of attention about how i took david to march madness and a year later, we have to confess david still does not understand basketball and i still don't understand cricket. greatsaid before, the alliance between the united states and the united kingdom is rooted
, will not take further action unless it is absolutely sure that the assad dictatorship has used chemical weapons against its people. syrians rose up against the dictatorship more than two years ago. 80,000 have been killed, and one million have become refugees. that's a crisis in neighboring countries including jordan where clarissa ward is tonight. >> reporter: this is the fastest growing city in jordan. dusty and impoverished this city is actually a refugee camp. more than 500,000 syrians have flooded into this tiny country of six million. that's the equivalent of 26 million refugees arriving in the u.s., the entire population of texas. in a country that can hardly support its own population, the refugees are putting a strain on jordan's water and electricity supply. jordanian lawmaker told us there's growing resentment against the refugees. >> this is really the first time where we hear people in this country very loudly articulating views against opening our borders to receive more and more refugees. >> reporter: jordanians are really starting to resent syrian refugees? >> unfortunately yes.
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